After swearing off marriage because of two divorces, Idris Elba shocked the world -- and broke a few hearts, when he asked his girlfriend, model Sabrina Dhowre, to marry him.
The two began dating after Elba "fell in love" with Dhowre while filming the movie The Mountain Between Us.
Elba Finds Love Again
Elba asked his beautiful new bride for her hand in marriage during the screening of his new film, Yardie, which is Elba's first film that he directed. The private screening was held at Rio Cinema in London. The moment was captured on video by one audience member who later shared the video on social media.
When the Luther star sat down for an interview with Essence Magazine in July 2017, he gave an apprehensive answer about getting married again.
"Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don't think so. Yeah, I don't think so. Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I've done it. It's not for everybody. It's not my life's calling," Elba stated.
In December 2017, the couple made their first public appearance at the Toronto premiere for Molly's Game.
The Dark Tower actor was married twice before, the first time to Hanne Norgaard with whom he has a 15-year-old daughter, Isan. His second marriage was to Sonya Hamlin. Elba also has a son, Winston, with make-up artist Naiyana Garth.
And The Women Wept
News of Elba's engagement sent social media into a frenzy with mainly women heartbroken that the handsome British actor is off the market.
Check out some funny and emotional responses to Elba's engagement from Twitter users:
My wife seemed a lil too gutted when I told her Idris Elba was off the market... — Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) February 10, 2018
Just found out Idris Elba is engaged. Please keep me in your prayers during this difficult time. — shauna (@goldengateblond) February 10, 2018
No I'm not crying and staring longingly at a picture of Idris Elba while listening to "My Heart Will Go On." Why do you ask? — Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) February 10, 2018
You can watch Elba propose to Dhowre through the tweet below!
When you turn up to watch the #Yardie screening with @Sainou clients @adnanmust_ & @AkinGazi and the director @idriselba steals the show... #marriagepropsal pic.twitter.com/aLYsnMNbzA — David Marsden-Sainou (@AgentMarsden) February 10, 2018